News from the Veggie Bin: February 16, 2012

What’s in the bin this week?

Local Bin:

Top row left to right: Romanesco Cauliflower, cabbage, baby bok choy, spinach
Bottom row left to right: Cherry tomatoes, beets, strawberries, sweet onion

Organic Bin:

  • Beets
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Cabbage
  • Romanesco Cauliflower
  • Sweet Onions
  • Raspberries

Organic Fruit Bin:

  • Tangelo Minneola
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Red Delicious Apples

Interested in receiving the organic or fruit bins? Simply send us an email at info@theveggiebin.com!

(green = organic produce; blue = certified organic, not locally sourced; plain text = traditional farming)

Want to learn more about the sourcing of each item?  Here’s a video which walks you through every item in the local box this week.

Thank you, Sweethearts!

Congratulations to Susan Moskowitz for winning our “Favorite Sweetheart” giveaway. She burned up the internet saying great things about The Veggie Bin using social media. We also couldn’t help inventing an “honorable mention” for Lori Hooper, who expressed her love for us in verse. Thank you, Susan & Lori!

As I awoke this morning
I knew breakfast would not be boring
Sweets from The Veggie Bin
I love them more than sin
Fresh strawberries send me soaring!!

We deeply appreciate the positive support we get through social media from all of our customers. Remember, when you talk about The Veggie Bin, you let others know about the joy of local produce delivery. More customers means more variety!

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: Romanesco Cauliflower

Your Romanesco cauliflower came to us from The Family Garden, less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed is especially exciting because it’s just cool. It’s a beautiful, bright lime green color with a fractal shape. The definition of a fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. This means that each little pattern in your cauliflower repeats on an increasingly larger scale called “recursion,” giving your cauliflower a geometric cool factor beyond compare. It’s almost too beautiful to eat, but too tasty to pass up!

The flavor is like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower with a sweet nuttiness, but is not a broccoflower in species. It is often referred to as “Broccolo Romanesco” or “Roman Broccoli.” Though it looks like something out of The Matrix, it has been cultivated since the 16th century in Italy. It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, but is naturally low in calories. We suggest consumption within three days, but if you wrap it loosely in a plastic bag, it could keep for up to a week.

Don’t be concerned if you get a little “bonus” purple color in your cauliflower. Recent freezes may have tinged this item slightly purple in spots. It will be just as tasty and even a bit more colorful!

For more information and a preparation demonstration, please watch this helpful video.

Romanesco Cauliflower Recipes

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other Veggie Bin customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your bin. You can also email us at info@theveggiebin.com.

Recipes for this week’s bin

We want you to get the most out of your Veggie Bin. Utilize every tasty bite with some of these recipes which feature every item you’ll get this week.

Please feel free to share YOUR Veggie Bin creations on our Facebook page!

The Truth About Strange Delivery Driver Behavior

If you’re home during a Veggie Bin delivery, you may be wondering about certain aspects of our behavior. First, we may sit in front of your house for several minutes before bringing up your bin. Like Santa, we check our list at least twice! We’re making sure you’re getting exactly what you ordered. Once we pick up your used bin, we may crawl into the back of our vehicle and make lots of crashing and thumping noises. Don’t worry – we’re just pushing new bins to the front and putting empties toward the back. The average Veggie Bin van holds 20-25 orders and we pick up dozens of bins to reuse later!

Once we get back in the driver’s seat, we may sit there a bit longer. Why? Most of us use GPS to find the shortest route to our next delivery. The time and care we take to insure a proper delivery may seem odd, but that van in your driveway is a sign that you’ll get the best service possible! Keep in mind that your delivery time may vary from week to week. Routes change weekly, but if you’re concerned that you didn’t get your bin yet, please wait until after 7:30 p.m. on delivery day to give us a call. We might have simply added so many of your neighbors that we’re running late!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Please remember that you can re-use your Veggie Bin boxes. Just leave your empty boxes at your door or hand them off to our delivery folks to make yet another contribution to keeping your footprint small.

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